Since ICC Sydney’s inception the team has made a commitment to not only deliver world class service, but also to make a positive and lasting impact in the community. I’m proud to say, that our wine list has featured 100% locally sourced New South Wales (NSW) wines for almost two years.
Celebrating our NSW wine offering, ICC Sydney has released its fourth episode in its 100% Local docuseries. To view the newly released fourth episode, ‘Old Vines’ showcasing NSW’s established wine regions and winemakers of enormous experience, visit: https://www.iccsydney.com.au/plan/culinary/winemakers.
We have steadily built on a strong foundation as five years ago more than 80% wines within our selection were sourced from NSW producers. In 2019, we increased our offering to more than 90% local and reached a 100% commitment by early 2020.
As the gateway to NSW regional areas and indeed further afield in Australia, Sydney has an important role to play in showcasing the very best of our local suppliers to interstate, and international visitors. Situated in the cosmopolitan city of Sydney, ICC Sydney endeavours to introduce patrons to the world class, yet unique wines of NSW – an experience that brings the best of region to them whilst at the Centre.
Choosing local reduces environmental and social impacts
The benefits of presenting a 100% locally sourced, NSW wine list goes beyond the immediate economic boost that flow through to our state’s wine producers. From an environmental sustainability perspective it’s been beneficial to see the positive impacts that come with sourcing local wines, including the reduced freight requirements and related carbon emissions when compared to the impact of importing wines from interstate or abroad, including from neighbouring countries such as New Zealand.
The specific social impacts of showcasing world class NSW wine should not go unmentioned. With a significant amount of the 2020 vintage wiped out due to the impact of bushfires and COVID related restrictions on travel and client demand, supporting NSW based wine producers has never been more critical than in the last 12-18 months. During the last few months of reduced trade, ICC Sydney’s team supported producers as much as possible by highlighting the winemakers and their premium products across our far-reaching touchpoints. We are delighted to now be welcoming back in person events and attendees to sample local wines firsthand.
100% Local Docuseries
When introducing a 100% Local wine offering to the event organisers and attendees we engage with, we embarked on a journey to NSW regions including the Hunter, Central Tablelands, Murray, Riverina and South East NSW. As part of this tour I met with many wine producers to develop a deeper understanding of the impacts of the seasons, climate change and production methos for their wines.
Documenting our exploration through the regions, we backed the wine collection’s release with a four part series revealing the stories behind our talented producers. You are invited to view the 100% Local docuseries here: Winemakers | ICC Sydney
Showcasing the best of the region
ICC Sydney has enjoyed a long standing partnership with the NSW Wine Association, and recently, was honoured to be named as a NSW Wine Star in the 2020 NSW Sommelier’s Wine List Awards. More importantly it was terrific to participate in the NSW Wine Association’s program where our local, high quality, diverse wines are celebrated.
The very best wines that NSW’s Hunter Valley wine region has on offer have been announced recently at the Hunter Valley Wine Show. We were very proud that many of ICC Sydney’s Hunter Valley wine producers were named as winners at this prestigious event. The Orange Wine Show was judged last week and I will be in this wonderful regional town to award the trophies that we sponsor.